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Best of Toronto: 30 Things We Love About Our City in March 2013

Each and every month we scour the city to bring you all the very best that Toronto has to offer!

Best of Toronto 30 Things Dbar

Best of Toronto #1: The Four Seasons Hotel’s dBar is a sophisticated sipping environment

1  Sipping a cocktail and soaking in the sophisticated ambience of dBar—with its walnut walls and earth-tone decor.

2  Sampling flights of reds and whites from vineyards near and far—Ontario, California, Argentina, France, Australia and elsewhere—at Mavrik Wine Bar.

Exploring the aromas and flavours of India on a walking tour with the Culinary Adventure Company.

4  Free noontime concerts at the Four Seasons Centre.

5  Surveying works by up-and-coming painters and photographers at Art Interiors.

6  The retro Coca-Cola freezer used to store oysters at Queen West brunch spot Swan.

7  The heady aroma of cigars at Thomas Hinds Tobacconist, where the stogie selection includes varieties from Cuba and Nicaragua.

The absolute freshest of sushi, charred aburi-style by blowtorch-wielding chefs at Jabistro.

9  Meandering through the seasonal blooms at Allan Gardens Conservatory.

10  The super-chic dangling light fixture above over the bar of The Shore Club.

Best of Toronto Lego Store 30 Things

Best of Toronto #18: Choosing from all manner of little heads and bodies at the Lego store

11  Wearing a token of your trip—a pair of cufflinks bearing the facade of the Art Gallery of Ontario, available at the institution’s own gift shop.

12  Admiring the beautiful catalogue of Japanese ukiyo-e prints at Stuart Jackson Gallery.

13  Reveling in some of the world’s most finely crafted timepieces at Royal de Versailles.

14  The daily specials announced on a roll of butcher’s paper at Hogtown Charcuterie.

15  Scoring deals on designer labels at Vaughan Mills.

16  Savouring a taste of Mexico with beef cheek, chorizo or swordfish tacos from La Carnita.

17  Shopping for sustainable, organic and non-toxic goods at Grassroots.

18  Customizing your own mini figure at the Lego store by selecting various heads and body parts.

19  Tapping into your inner child at toy shops across the city.

20  Authentic Korean fare like bi bim bap in a hot clay pot or kimchi guksoo at Swish by Han.

Best of Toronto Paese 30 Things

Best of Toronto #21: the pear carpaccio at Paese

21  Sampling from Reds Wine Tavern‘s by-the-glass selection of international vintages.

22  Partaking in an old English tradition of afternoon tea at the Library Bar.

23  Sipping a pint of house-made bitter ale at Granite Brewery.

24  Checking out the panoramic stadium view from a luxury suite as part of the Rogers Centre Tour Experience.

25  Feasting on modern Italian cuisine like pear carpaccio at Paese Ristorante.

26  Considering the motivations behind the contemporary Aboriginal artworks currently on display at The Power Plant.

27  Perusing pretty little Parisian baubles at Fabrice.

28  Being served a steaming bowl of ramen with pork belly or vermicelli with clams on a chilly day at Momofuku Noodle Bar.

29  Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at welcoming Celtic-flavoured establishments like Quinn’s Steakhouse and Irish Bar.

30  Going prehistoric at the Royal Ontario Museum, where 17 full-scale skeletal casts are on display in the exhibit Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana.

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